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Newbury Building Society supports Hermitage autism charity, Prior’s Court





A building society has continued to support young people with complex autism this festive season.

Newbury Building Society’s Hungerford branch has donated £4,297.37 to autism charity Prior’s Court in Hermitage as its charity of the year.

Staff raised the sum through a sponsored walk and other fundraising activities over the past 12 months.

Matthew Wilding and Molly MacLean from Newbury Building Society in Santa’s Grotto with ‘Santa and Mrs Claus’ (Prior’s Court CEO, Ryan Campbell, and director of learning, Sue Piper) during their visit to Prior’s Court. Credit: Michael Harden
Matthew Wilding and Molly MacLean from Newbury Building Society in Santa’s Grotto with ‘Santa and Mrs Claus’ (Prior’s Court CEO, Ryan Campbell, and director of learning, Sue Piper) during their visit to Prior’s Court. Credit: Michael Harden

The charity welcomed staff to its site on Thursday, December 21, to see what difference their donation would make and to get involved in the festive activities taking place there.

Prior’s Court fundraising manager Natalie Norris said: “Newbury Building Society has been a long-term supporter of Prior’s Court, with regular fundraising, volunteering and helping us with events.

“We were honoured once again to be the Hungerford branch’s charity of the year.

“We are hugely grateful to the staff at the branch for continuing to fundraise and we hope they enjoyed coming on-site to see first-hand the incredible work our staffing teams do and our amazing young people.”

Matthew Wilding and Molly MacLean from Newbury Building Society in Santa’s Grotto with ‘Santa and Mrs Claus’. Credit: Michael Harden
Matthew Wilding and Molly MacLean from Newbury Building Society in Santa’s Grotto with ‘Santa and Mrs Claus’. Credit: Michael Harden

NBS Hungerford and Thatcham branch manager Matthew Wilding added: “We had a wonderful visit to Prior’s Court just before Christmas and got to see lots of young people enjoying some fantastic festive activities.

“We even got to meet Santa and Mrs Claus in their grotto, and their reindeer.

“It was also fantastic to hear about what is going on with the performing arts centre fundraising appeal which we have supported since its launch.”

The funds will go towards supporting a bespoke new performing arts centre designed to improve access to the arts for young people with complex autism.



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